One of the quirky differences any Australian notices when they go to the USA is the culture of tipping.
Lower wages mean that waiters, and some other hospitality workers, are at the mercy of patrons who decide if they get to take home enough money to pay their rent and bills.
Australia has gone down a different route, where pay is guaranteed and tips represent a bonus for workers.
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Jonathan Gold and I will never be friends.
The savvy food critic who writes for the LA Weekly is an avowed and unapologetic tipper.
His recent column, Top Ten Tips for Tipping is not only hard to say, the subject itself is completely indigestible. “The idea that a tip is optional, or variable, is a useful fiction, even when the soup goes tumbling into your lap,” Gold writes.
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Phew. We made it through summer. The AFL and NRL seasons are upon us again. Last year, we got all religious with our 10 commandments of footy tipping. This year, we’re sexing things up a little.
What, you think we’re kidding? You think we don’t actually believe that football season is better than sex? Read on… and feel free to tell us why we’re wrong, or to add your reasons to the list.
Also, at the risk of breaking our own rule of going easy on the Caps Lock button, DON’T FORGET PUNCH TIPPING. The AFL code is 892748. Join up here. The NRL code is 173047. Join up here. On to the list then…
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The invitation came via email. “Join The Punch mini-league. It’ll be fun”. As usual, they left it so late that the NRL league didn’t start until week 2 of the season but we got the AFL comp underway in time.
I was already in a couple of other tipping comps but they’re all online these days so what difference does a few extra mouse clicks make on a Friday morning?
Anyway, I started pretty strongly, took the lead by mid-season and was lucky enough to hang on to it for the rest of the season. My prize? Turns out it was to write a piece on how I did it. It’s a bit like winning “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and finding out the prize is getting to do something “a little special” with Drew Carey. So, this is how I did it, or how I think I did it, or the approach I took, or some Zen-like sounding thing to cover up the fact that anyone who wins a tipping comp jags it.
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In a first for the game shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey has made the switch from federal politics to rugby league, a move set to infuriate the Liberal Party. Hockey is already playing in the second row for NSW country league team Wests Lions.
Well not really. This is actually from the weekly round-up for the Parliamentary league tipping contest in which I hopelessly partake in.
According to tipping comp organiser and Nationals leader Warren Truss’ press secretary Paul Chamberlin the Hockey doppelganger, a “Matt Watton”, was in pretty good form:
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